Assistant Buyer, Retail Salary

Assistant Retail Buyers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K per year on average. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. The vast majority of Assistant Retail Buyers (81 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Assistant Retail Buyers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,590 - $56,166
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,059
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90%

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$10.54 - $20.79
(Median)
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,590 - $56,166  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,920 - $56,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.54 - $20.79  
   
Overtime
$15.43 - $32.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$25,920 - $56,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Assistant Buyer, Retail

An assistant buyer in retail is part of the buying team, which also includes trainee buyers and managerial buyers. Buyers negotiate with suppliers to decide what items should be restocked in a store. This decision is made based on a number of factors, and it can affect the whole industry since it results in certain products trending in the market by simply being in stock.

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Assistant Buyer, Retail Tasks

  • Advise retail outlets how to price products based on purchase price and market trends.
  • Research suppliers to determine which ones fit company pricing and quality objectives.
  • Assist buyers and managers with writing purchase orders, buying merchandise, and managing inventory.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Buyer, Retail


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Assistant Retail Buyers often transition into Buyer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Buyers earn $46K per year.

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Experience Affects Assistant Buyer, Retail Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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